Excerpt from Guiding Star for Sunday Schools: A New Collection of Sunday School Songs, Together With a Great Variety of Anniversary Pieces Written Expressly for This Work
II. New Hume - These have been selected with care, and while a. Few may fall below the true lyric, there ... are many, which, we believe, will live beyond the edition which gives them birth. We praise the Sabbath School and teachers sparingly, and do not attempt to juvenize the idea of God by the application of pet names. The essence of Christian experience and hope is discussed in the hymns, Guiding Star, Praise in the Forest, Along the River deep and wide, 0 City of the Jasper Wall, Mission of Angels, etc., and no hymn has been admitted, which does not specifically enforce some practical Christian doctrine. Wherever possible, the hymns have been duly accredited; where no credit is given, the author is either unknown, or the hymn is so extensively re-written as to destroy its identity. Quite a number were written by the author, and now appear for the first time in print.
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